Saint Etienne de la Varenne, France • Harvesting Grapes 

Harvests, hills, fabulous estates, the Monte Bianco visible in the distance when the sky is clear, and…grapes. Rows and rows of grapes, with plants 65 years old, that make the Bruilly Wine, typical of the Beaujolais region. We are in France, half an hour to Lyon, in Saint Etienne de la Varenne. There, like in…

Via Francigena • Walking through Europe

The Via Francigena is not a unique way, but a stack of streets that, beginning in Canterbury, England, leads to Rome. It is a yielding path, with lots of alternatives, and it is one of the main peregrine paths, together with Camino de Santiago and the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The total length is…

Southern France – The Secret of the Ardeche River

Imagine a crystal clear river lazily winding its way through a gorge of towering limestone cliffs, topped with the greenest of trees that grow beneath a bright blue sky with the sun sparkling on the water. Then imagine sitting in a canoe in that river, slowly paddling your way down the flowing water, with not…

Paris – Céréaliste

This Tip has been suggested by our English, Paris-Based Explorer: Rebecca Smith After the success of their pop-up stores and events, the five friends behind the Louis Cochon clothing brand have opened up Paris’s first cereal bar. If life gets a bit much and you want to embrace your inner kid, this is the place…

Northern France • Hitting the Road

France, the Northern Coast from Lille to St. Malo. Who really knows it? We often speak about Belle Paris or La Cote d’Azur and never about ch’ti culture, amazing beaches and sea-sights, endearing people, Flemish influence, small villages rich with history and wonderful food, I could carry on speaking forever. At Tiplr we don’t only travel and report, but we…

Cap Fréhel, France – The Lighthouse of Freedom

The wind hits the face, the sea hits the rocks, the light of the headlight hits the horizon, so far and so close at the same time. This place hits the heart and gives a sense of freedom as not many others. There is no town near; only sky, stars and two lighthouses, that look…

Mont Saint Michel, France – Tides Change his Look!

Haze, mystical atmosphere, quicksands, a place that is difficult to find elsewhere, for its distinctiveness. Its history begins with a legend: Mont Saint Michel Abbey has been built after archangel Michael’s request to Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, in VIIIth Century. Initially, Aubert thought he was getting mad and he didn’t pay attention to the Archangel’s…

Caen, France – The City of Europe’s Memory

The landing at Normandy took place in 1944. That day, the allies landed on Normandy beaches to assault an occupied Europe. Caen is a cultural and artistic city, famous for Camembert cheese and cidre, but also for its history. The beaches near the city are known as D-Day Beaches and are not to be missed during…

Saint Malo, France – The Corsair’s City

Saint Malo, well known by history’s buccaneers, hosts a famous harbour and is the first Breton city to border with Normandy. It offers a wide range of things to do and see, a huge historical heritage and bright nightlife, events, and festivals for any age and taste. As with the last city I will write about…

Le Havre and Honfleur, France – The Seine’s Mouth

Le Havre was 85% destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt again in a no-frills way, without ornaments. It has received many disapprovals, but despite this, the centre of the city (created by the architect Auguste Perret) has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site. This city does not have many tourist attractions but its position,…

Étretat, France – Monet Was Right on the Mark!

Ready to load everything into the car and go to another amazing destination? This coastal area will leave you astonished and you’ll be left wanting even more. If you rent a car it is easier to decide last minute which direction is the right one to experience. Every wild seaside or fairy port has its…

Saint Valéry sur Somme, France – The Pearl of the Bay

Pop in to Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme and you will be transported back to the Middle Ages. This village was conquered by the French, the English, and the Burgundians during the Hundred Years’ War, and presents different styles: the Medieval section reveals an extraordinary historical heritage and conserves its medieval character, with narrow alleys, fortified gates, the battlements and Saint-Martin’s church,…